Searching multiple indices, trying to filter out specific values in specific indices

I need to query several indices, and filter out certain results based on values within each index.

It's forum software, so I want to search in forums, individual posts, and users for a keyword. But I need to filter for specific forums and posts the user has access to.

I am specifying the indices in the URL, like so: http://hostname:port/forum,post,user/_search

And then the query is something like:

POST _search { "query": { "match": { "_all": { "query": "flying house lizard", "fuzziness":"1", "operator":"and" } } } }

edit: I don't know why the preformatting isn't working for me, sorry about the jumbled query

Anyway, I want to pass in some _id values for the forum index, and some _id values for the post index to keep the search within those. Seems like I'd want a filter.

I read this: but find it pretty unhelpful because the context isn't quite clear (which is a problem I seem to be having in general with the documentation).

I've searched the web and this forum and cannot find anything that looks like my problem. What am I doing wrong?

Are you on 1.4?

Sorry for the delay, mind has been elsewhere for the last few days.

I am using v2.1.0

Ok, cause you're looking at 1.4 docs there. You may want to head to

Right you are, must have followed a link to that. In general I have been looking at 2.1.0 docs. Let me go back and doublecheck that I am following the current docs for this specific thing before proceeding. Thank you for pointing that out.

Alright, I read the correct docs. Recall I am trying to search 3 indices, and for each one filter out certain results.

here's what I wrote:

POST _search { "query": { "indices": { "indices": ["post"], "query": { "term": {"message":"test"} } } } }

This returns results, of course, but it doesn't seem to be very useful. 1) , it doesn't allow me to specify different fields in each index, and 2) this doesn't really address filtering out specific things.

I want to search across 3 indices, and filter out certain docs from each index based on a field within each index. Is there not a way to do that?

I know ES query DSL doesn't directly translate to SQL, but this should help illustrate what I need:

FROM table1
WHERE table1.col1 = 'value to search for'
and table1.col2 != 100


FROM table2
WHERE table2.col1 = 'value to search for'
and table2.col2 != 1


FROM table3
WHERE table3.col1 = 'value to search for'
and table3.col2 != 55

I have been combing though the documentation for weeks now and just can't seem to piece together how to do this.

PS: the preformatted text isn't working on that SQL query. I've edited several times and don't know why it won't work. Sorry for the poor formatting.

Do all three indices have the same mapping?

no, they do not.

forgive me for being dense, but does your question imply that you cannot perform this operation against indices with different mappings?

Basically you cannot do this, any filters will apply to all indices you want to query on.

That helps, now I can stop barking up the wrong tree. Thank you.

So there is no way to achieve this using a query (as opposed to filters) either?

I guess I mean I don't really care about the method as much as the end product. So if there's another way, I would appreciate being pointed in the right direction.